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We have many Social Action ministries that are available without having to leave St. Hilary Parish. Discover the ministry that is meant for you!
We have many Social Action ministries that are available without having to leave St. Hilary Parish. Discover the ministry that is meant for you!
Blessings in a Backpack Akron is the local chapter of the national organization designed to feed school children in our community that may not have enough food on the weekends. Each Friday students receive non-perishable food items, such as oatmeal, macaroni & cheese, and applesauce to take home.
Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of the program.
This ministry began in 2010 providing food for 300 children at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center. Currently, we provide food for more than 1,025 children at the 8 schools – Helen Arnold CLC, McEbright CLC, Bridges Learning Center, David Hill CLC, St. Mary’s School, Crouse CLC, Schumacher CLC, Pfeiffer Elementary School and there is still a need to provide food at additional schools. On Thursday evening volunteers pack bags for the children at Helen Arnold CLC and McEbright CLC. We need volunteers to pack the bags on Thursday evenings, be a team leader, or assist with administrative work.
TIME COMMITMENT: Volunteers are needed to pack the bags on Thursday evenings, be a team leader, or assist with administrative work
CONTACT: Debbie Pianalto at 330-659-0776 or firstname.lastname@example.org | Beth Hudak at 330-869-6025 or email@example.com
Helping to feed the hungry is the focus of families who participate in this ministry. Parishioners are asked to deliver their homemade or store-bought cookies to Cookie Ministry Cabinet in our Donation Hallway at their convenience. Cookies are needed every week! Families are also needed to sort and bag cookies on a rotating basis before delivering them on Monday morning to the Corbett Center at St. Bernard Parish in downtown Akron where they are distributed in the daily brown bag lunch program for the needy. This is a great ministry for families.
TIME COMMITMENT: At your convenience or on weekly basis
CONTACT: Jeannie Hohlefelder at 330-867-1055, ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As Christians, we believe that the Earth is entrusted to our faithful stewardship. We are not its owners, but its caretakers on behalf of God. This group works to provide the parishioners with suggestions on how the parish and the parishioners can be good stewards. The current target areas of the ministry are solid waste reduction, energy conservation, environmentally prudent land care, renewable energy, environmentally safe products, education and awareness. Success to date includes working with the school to realize a significant reduction in lunch solid waste, removing Styrofoam products from the parish and increases in parish paper recycling. The next projects will be focused on education and awareness.
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TIME COMMITMENT: Monthly meetings the first Monday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Katie McCarthy at 330-603-8409 or email@example.com
Providing education on Fair Trade, the group also sponsors monthly fair trade sales after all weekend Masses. The St. Hilary Women of Service Ministry also supports our parish Fair Trade initiatives by sponsoring an annual Fair Trade Market during the first weekend in October which helps support artisans in low-income regions of the world.
TIME COMMITMENT: Volunteers are needed to assist at the monthly Fair Trade sales and other Fair Trade initiatives at the parish
CONTACT: Stephen McCarthy at 330-265-7894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year during Christmas time our parish assists many needy women, children, and men with food, gift cards, toys and clothing for children. We ask that you share your blessings with those in need by taking a tag off the Christmas trees that are in place in the church and also the Spiritual Center a week before Thanksgiving. Please purchase new gifts that are requested on the tags. Each year we receive the names of 1200-1400 individuals from agencies and inner city schools and only one tag is made out per individual. Our Parish Giving Trees are in place in the Church and Gathering Area each year by mid-November.
TIME COMMITMENT: Purchasing a gift during the Christmas season
CONTACT: Call the Parish Office at 330-867-1055
Are you looking to participate in a ministry from the comfort of your own home? If you can knit and purl, we are the group for you! Our members knit hats year-round for the homeless and the refugees in our area. We knit from one simple pattern. Yarn is available. You would also be welcome at the Prayer Shawl Ministry meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 am to noon.
TIME COMMITMENT: First and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.-Noon
CONTACT: Cathy Kenny at 330-666-5718
Work to end homelessness in our community. Share in the passion of this group to ensure adequate housing for all.
St. Hilary will be having a second collection on the weekend of May 26/27 in support of the Homeless Ministry. This collection has replaced our annual raffle in the spring.
TIME COMMITMENT: Monthly meetings the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.
CONTACT: Joe and Marilyn Malick at 330-836-8176 or email@example.com
This is composed of representatives from four faith communities, St. Hilary’s, Faith Lutheran, Temple Israel and New Hope Baptist. Its primary focus is social justice as expressed in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. This committee plans and oversees the Lenten Series, begun at St. Hilary’s some 20 years ago. The series aims to raise awareness of social injustice in our world and local community through presentations, shared prayer and small group discussion. In addition to the Lenten Series, the Interfaith Justice Committee plans opportunities for continued collaboration on social and religious events, as well as outreach, such as a day of service (Mitzvah Day).
Newly formed Actions Groups—Infant Mortality, Policing, School to Prison Pipeline(tutoring), Voting Rights, and Continued Collaboration with Faith Communities emerged from the 2017 Interfaith Series. They are additional possibilities for getting involved in advocacy and the work of the Gospel.
CONTACT: John Grossmann at 330-867-3615 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All children and parents of the parish are invited to join this ministry of service. Kids Care Club is designed to help involve children directly with charity and community service. Previous projects have included decorating lunch bags for St. Bernard-St. Mary Bagged Lunch Program, providing school supplies for children at Helen Arnold School, making Valentine cards for nursing home residents and making Holiday Hope Chests for homeless children.
TIME COMMITMENT: A variety of projects take place throughout the year
CONTACT: Kristina Walker, Kristina6778@gmail.com; Phone: 330-770-5768
The St. Hilary Respect Life Ministry focuses on establishing a “culture of life” in the parish through education, prayer and witness. The ministry sponsors a fall baby shower collection for local pregnancy centers, a January Prayer Vigil near the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary for Life. Members of the group also are invited to participate in peaceful, prayerful sidewalk counseling through the Cloud of Witnesses on Saturday mornings with neighboring parishes.
CONTACT: Randy Malick at 330-867-1055, ext. 209 or email@example.com
Also known as the 3% Committee, this group discerns the course of social change in our community. Each year our parish distributes 3% of the parish income to organizations that help the poor, the hungry, or the needy. This committee meets quarterly, listens to presentations from the organizations and discusses where the money should be distributed.
TIME COMMITMENT: Quarterly meetings
CONTACT: Diana Farro at 330-666-2524
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul assists those in need, both inside and outside the parish community. A monthly collection from the parish is the primary source of funding for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. On the first Sunday of each month, food is collected in the church for the poor. St. Vincent de Paul accepts good used furniture to help those less fortunate. This group needs everyone’s support.
TIME COMMITMENT: Weekly meetings on Wednesday at 6:30 pm and periodic house calls to needy families with another member of St. Vincent de Paul.
CONTACT: St. Vincent de Paul at 330-253-5117 | Parish Office at 330-867-1055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As Christian women of faith, through talents and strong dedication, the Women of Service strive to provide service to those in need and ministry support to the extended parish community. We will strive to live our mission everyday by giving service to the Knights of Columbus, the parish and our greater community. The Women of Service also share compassion, guidance and service in a joyful and selfless manner. A last goal of this organization is to foster spirituality, camaraderie, and personal relationships with fellow members.
TIME COMMITMENT: Monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month for prayer, planning of service projects and sharing in community of women. Select service opportunities that suit your availability.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is made up of a group of women who enjoy getting together to knit or crochet shawls, lap robes and/or baby blankets to be given to those in need of hope or healing. Members pray at the start of the meeting and visit while knitting or crocheting. Items are blessed by one of our priests before being distributed. A card with a blessing on it is given with each item. You do not need to know how to knit or crochet for members are happy to teach you. If the first and third Tuesday of the month do not work with your schedule you can do the work from home. Ministry members also get together with the Prayer Shawl Ministry from Faith Lutheran Church once or twice a year.
TIME COMMITMENT: First and third Tuesday at 10:00 am. You can knit or crochet from home if the meeting time is not convenient.
CONTACT: Julie Slattery at 330-668-1027; Cathy Kenny, 330-666-5718
Parish Companions: Helping families separated by deportation
The Parish Companion Program, created by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Welcoming the Stranger Committee, assists families who will soon be separated by deportation. Many times, parents are forced to leave their children in the United States. They need help navigating the legal process, establishing guardianship, transferring assets, accessing community resources and providing assistance to the children left behind. The Diocese needs volunteer companions to share their talents and support our Catholic brothers and sisters whose families are impacted by deportation. If you are interested in serving as a Parish Companion, please contact Maureen Capellas at email@example.com or 330-867-1055.
The Parish Pastoral Council provides leadership and service for the spiritual and educational well-being of the parish. It serves as a consultative council to the Pastor, oversees the pastoral mission of St. Hilary and models ways of peacemaking through its actions, decision-making
processes and methods of conflict resolution. Each council member is assigned a group of ministries to act as their parish council liaison. Council members communicate regularly with the ministry leaders and present any issues to the council.
MEETINGS: Parish Council meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings are open and minutes are published in the Bulletin and on the website.
2016-2017 Parish Council Members:
Tim Miller (Chair): (330) 665-4569
Candace Hanson (Vice Chair/Spiritual Formation): (330) 285-5132
Suzanne Scarpitti (Secretary/Education): (330) 671-2188
Nick Bisconti (Caring and Participating): (330) 666-6609
Robert Brownfield (Liturgy): (330) 329-4277
Emilia Castro (Social Justice): (802) 922-6453
Matt Fresh (Liturgy): (330) 666-9389
Gina Poblete (Education): (330) 665-4187
Rosanne Rohana (Evangelization): (330) 867-4516
Ben Schlater (Social Justice): (330) 668-6971
Elaine Sisler (Spiritual Formation): (330) 618-1434
Rob Whitehouse (Caring and Participating): (330) 666-0717
T.J. Wolski (Evangelization): (330) 608-1845
Founded in 1976, the St. Hilary Parish Foundation includes the Unrestricted Endowment Fund, School Endowment Fund, designated funds and The St. Hilary Legacy Society. Donors who have made long-term commitments to the St. Hilary Parish Foundation through planned or deferred gift arrangements becomes members of the St. Hilary Legacy Society.
Like many charitable giving programs, the Parish Foundation seeks and accepts donations in any amount at any time of year. Foundation programs support only St. Hilary Church and St. Hilary School. A board of trustees oversees the endowment funds, investments, and spending.
St. Hilary Parish Foundation Board Members
Edward Carter- President
Frederick Lombardi- Vice President
Stephen Hammersmith- Secretary
Matthew Shannon- Treasurer
Fr. Steve Brunovsky
MEETINGS: The Foundation meets quarterly.
The Parish Finance Council is an advisory body comprised of parishioners with business, finance, building and other backgrounds. The group assists the Pastor and the parish business manager the administration of finances, maintenance and capital improvements in order to carry out the mission of the parish.
MEETINGS: The Finance Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.
CONTACT: Maura Bozzelli, Finance Council Chair, at 330-338-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It is estimated that only 23% of U.S. Catholics attend Mass each week. The absent 77% are our parents, siblings, spouses, children, friends and acquaintances. Pope Francis tells us that we cannot leave things as they are presently. The members of this ministry seek to respond to the Church’s need for a new evangelization, which according to Pope Francis, calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized.
OUR VISION: The New Evangelization Ministry is an actively engaged, spirit-filled, agent of change that assists the parish in fulfilling its evangelization mission.
OUR MISSION: To build bridges, educate, and communicate to fulfill the evangelization portion of the parish mission.
OUR GOAL: Growth in the number of engaged, spirit-filled parishioners.
TIME COMMITMENT: Third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
CONTACT: John Randall at 330-665-4634, or email@example.com
Through prayer and reflection, the Stewardship Council develops a yearly plan to educate parishioners about the meaning of stewardship. The council also forms a long-range plan for allowing parishioners the opportunity to share their time, talent and treasure with the parish. Specifically, the Stewardship Council organizes stewardship weekends throughout the year. In addition, the council provides leadership training for ministry leaders.
TIME COMMITMENT: Monthly meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
FOR INFORMATION: Maureen Capellas at 330-867-1055, ext. 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This advisory body is comprised of leaders from our Social Justice Ministries, as well as parishioners with a strong commitment to social action. The council meets with the Pastor to recommend and plan educational opportunities and initiatives which foster a greater awareness and understanding of Catholic Social Teaching, and hosts special programs throughout the year.
TIME COMMITMENT: Approximately four meetings each year
CONTACT: Maureen Capellas at 330-867-1055, ext. 217 or email@example.com
An advisory body comprised of St. Hilary School parents, members are elected by school parents. The group assists the school administration and Pastor in making appropriate school-related decisions. The board promotes excellence in Catholic education by acting in the best interest of the students, parents, staff, and parish. It offers input on operational matters, policy development and similar administrative issues.
MEETINGS: Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open and minutes are published in the school newsletter and on the school website.
CONTACT: David Woodburn, President at 330-607-2533 or dwoodburn@BDBlaw.com
The St. Hilary School Parents’ Association exists to support the needs of St. Hilary School. The objectives of the Parents’ Association are to promote communication between the home and the school, to develop and conduct fundraising events for the benefit of the school, and to provide financial assistance for special projects and needs of the school. The Parents’ Association is served by a multitude of parent volunteers in a variety of capacities, including the school hot lunch program, room parents, annual fundraisers, and much more.
MEETINGS: General meetings are held in September and January; executive board meets monthly. Volunteer time commitments vary depending upon position.
2016-17 Parents’ Association Executive Board
Nicolle Swiatkowski, (President): 330-472-1067 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Towell (President-Elect): 330-701-4327 or email@example.com
Jennifer Montisano (Vice-President): 330-730-4809 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Bentley (Secretary): 330-607-2250 or email@example.com
Anne Luby (Treasurer): 918-724-1830 or firstname.lastname@example.org